Jaisalmer: ‘Golden Blend of Culture, Art & Heritage’
Bountiful golden sand dunes flowing in the Thar Desert and yellowish golden sandstone built Havelis and Castles are good enough to describe Jaisalmer, the golden city, of India. Located deep inside the famous Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has a lot to travelers; tales of brave rulers of bygone era, stories on unparallel gallantry, astonishing beauty, rich folk and culture and incredible hospitality. Place is an awe-inspiring blend of alien Indian desert culture, Art & Heritage, adventure and spirit to live.
Jaisalmer Fort: Known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan, is ranked amongst largest forts in the world. Built in yellowish golden sandstone, the fort is the perfect display of blend of Rajputana and Islamic architectural styles.
Gadisar Lake: It’s truly beautiful! Lake has many beautiful temples and shrines in surrounding. Perfect spot for photographers too. Sunrise and sunset view from Gadisar Lake is absolutely mesmerizing.
Other Must Visits: Bada Bagh, Patwon Ki Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, The Thar Heritage Museum, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Jain Temples, Tazia Tower & Badal Palace, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Kuldhara.
Desert Safari: Nothing can be more fascinating than a Safari in golden desert, preferably camel safari. Just mount on to the camel saddle and make your way through golden silent desert or camp under the night sky for an indelible experience.
Rajasthani Cuisines: Being in Jaisalmer, don’t forget to try the food of age old culture and tradition, truly an unforgettable treat for taste buds. Don’t forget to try Dal-Bati-Churma, Ker-Sangri, Bajre Ki Roti, Bajre Ki Khichdi, Gatta Curry, Ghotua, Bhang Lassi and Panchadhari Laddoos.
Things to shop: Embroidered leather items like hats, bags, pen holders and many more, Barmer print bed sheets, wall hangings and tapestries, Lehriya and Bandhej apparels, Lac Bangles and wooden handicrafts.
How to reach Jaisalmer?
Jaisalmer has an Airport, but it’s a military airport and supports only chartered flights. So air is not the ideal mode of transport.
Another nearby Airport is Jodhpur Domestic Airport, which is connected with major cities of India on regular basis. It takes approx 6 hours drive to reach Jaisalmer from Jodhpur Airport.
Direct buses are available from major cities of Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur. No direct bus is available from Delhi. However, if you desire to self drive or hire a taxi to travel from Delhi or any other location, roads are good enough to drive.
Jaisalmer Railway Station is nicely connected with prominent Indian cities via regular trains. If you want to experience true luxury of Rajputana while traveling, than you may opt to travel via Palace on Wheels.